Title: Quantitative measurement on the degree of relaxation induced by acupuncture operation

Authors: Yi-Bing Pan, Jian-Pin Chu, Ying Li, Chang-Lin Zhang

Addresses: Xintang Company of Science and Technology, Room 2017, No.15 Building, Shi Ji Xin Cheng, Wen Er Road (West), Hangzhou 310012, China. ' Zhejiang Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou, China. ' Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Carver 102, Bellingham, WA 98225-9067, USA. ' College of Life Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; Department of Music and Music Education, Siegen University, Hochstrasse 57, Siegen D-57076, Germany

Abstract: An experiment on evaluating the degree of relaxation by means of electronic instrument, before, during and after acupuncture needling into various points near and on the important acu-point Tsusanli (St 36), was conducted in Hangzhou, China, in 1998 and 1999. The results show that needling into the acu-point Tsusanli has the best effect of relaxation; needling into the neighbouring acu-point Fenlung (St 40) has a little less effect of relaxation; needling into the non-acu-point on Stomach Meridian or into the point which is neither on acu-point nor on acu-meridian has no effect of relaxation. The experiment reveals that needling into acu-point Tsusanli without remedy has strong effect of relaxation, which is similar to the effect of relaxation of Gigong, the Chinese meditation. It might be one of the important reasons why needling into acu-point Tsusanli is always considered good for healthcare.

Keywords: acupuncture operation; relaxation levels; coherence; acupuncture needling; acu-point Tsusanli; Gigong; Chinese meditation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIC.2008.023129

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 2008 Vol.5 No.3, pp.244 - 249

Available online: 10 Feb 2009 *

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